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A może pójdziemy na mecz? Futbol według Kena Loacha
What About a Match? Football According to Ken Loach

Author(s): Karolina Kosińska
Subject(s): Anthropology
Published by: Instytut Sztuki Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: Anthropology; Football; Film; Ken Loach

Summary/Abstract: Ken Loach remains one of the most engagé directors whose films focus predominantly on contemporary British social issues; he is a declared socialist who consistently and decidedly supports those who had been relegated to the margin of society. At the same time, Loach is a passionate football fan – not by accident does he introduce into his films assorted football motifs. Football appears, however, not to be so much a form of entertainment or an exciting sport as an instrument of political struggle. Its importance lies in the fact that it builds a feeling of community. Loach tries to restore the original ethos of football and return it to the working class, which had been to a certain extent deprived of it due to the extreme commercialisation of the football business. The presented text recalls the director’s films in which football is markedly present and tries to decipher the sui generis political manifesto, which Loach inscribed into this sport.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 03-04
  • Page Range: 160-164
  • Page Count: 5
  • Language: Polish